When you want to send the gift of cheer, Gerbera daisies are your sure choice. Distinguished by large flowering heads that closely resemble those of sunflowers, Gerbera daisies come in a vibrant rainbow of colors. Bright pink, snow white, sunny yellow, and ruby red are just a few of the gorgeous colors that these happy flowers boast. The Gerbera daisy was discovered in 1884 near Barberton, South Africa, by Scotsman Robert Jameson. While the flower’s scientific name, Gerbera Jamesonii, recollects the name of its founder, the meaning of its common name draws from German naturalist Traugott Gerber. Breeding programs that began in England in 1890 enhanced the flower’s quality and color variations.
The Gerbera currently ranks as the fifth most popular flower in the world behind the rose, carnations, chrysanthemum, and tulip. Their meanings stem from those attributed to the general daisy family and include innocence and purity, as well as being a classic symbol of beauty. However, the Gerbera variety holds an added meaning of cheerfulness, which is attributed to their perky variety of colors. We see so many brides choosing to include Gerbera in their summer and fall weddings, the colour choice is endless. This makes it an easy flower to match to the wedding colours. An assorted bouquet of Gerbera daisies can quickly lift the spirit and are an ideal way to brighten someone’s day.